Adderall contains a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine are central nervous system stimulants that affect chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Adderall is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
What is Xanax?
Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine. Alprazolam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety. Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.
Why Do People Mix Adderall and Xanax?
Combining sedative and stimulant drugs has been attractive to people using drugs for a long time. People who abuse drugs frequently combine different drugs to get enhanced effects of one or both substances. Often, this involves combining two drugs of the same type to strengthen the main effect of both drugs. However, in some cases, two drugs with different actions are combined because the combination can create a different effect, amplify the actions of both drugs, and counteract the negative effects of one substance.
What are the Dangers of Mixing Adderall and Xanax?
There are two main reasons. The first is an increased risk of addiction and the second is the decreased effectiveness of both drugs. Both Adderall and Xanax are controlled substances. This means the government monitors their use. Your doctor would also closely monitor your use of either of these drugs. In general, using controlled substances can lead to misuse or dependence and addiction. Taking two controlled substances at the same time raises your risk of misuse or addiction from either drug. Now the use of these medications together can make both drugs less effective.
This means that each drug may not work well to treat the condition it’s prescribed for. Because Adderall is a stimulant, it can make you feel more focused and awake. It can decrease the effects of Xanax. For example, if you have anxiety, Adderall can make you feel more anxious. And if you have panic disorder, it can increase the number of panic attacks you have. Adderall can also cause trouble sleeping. On the other hand, Xanax works as a sedative. It reduces anxiety, stress, and excitement levels. It can also cause drowsiness. These effects can counteract the effects of Adderall. Xanax can make you sleepy and make it harder for you to concentrate.
Treating Xanax and Adderall Abuse
You can get help and lead a successful, productive life. The first step is acknowledging the potential problem and just by asking yourself whether you have an addictive personality, you’re already on the right track. Here at Garden State Treatment Center, we provide group therapy, individual addiction counseling, relapse prevention treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, 12 step addiction treatment and many other services that help teach you the skills needed to regulate addictive personality traits.
We believe in treating the entire person, not just their addictions. We personalize the treatment plan based on the individual’s characteristics to provide a long-lasting and meaningful recovery. Our admissions team is standing by for your call.